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Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands Iguanas

Sierra Negra Volcano

Galapagos Islands Iguanas

Galapagos Islands Cruise

Blue Footed Booby

Kicker Rock Diving

Charles Darwin Research Station

Galapagos Islands Sea Lions

Galapagos Bartolome Islands

Snorkeling in Galapagos

Galapagos Islands Giant Turtles

Galapagos Islands Birds
A magical group of Islands, ideal for nature loving people. Located 600 miles of the coast of Ecuador (they belong to Ecuador), they are declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, and the number of visitors per year is strictly controlled in order to preserve their amazing flora and wild life.
The Galapagos Islands is where Charles Darwin's observations lead him to his Theory of Evolution after his visit in 1835.
The Islands are best explored on a tour with a professional Naturalist Guide, who will explain you about their unique biodiversity. In the Galapagos Islands you will find many kinds of fish, birds,and plants endemic only to the Galapagos, you will have the opportunity to see playful sea lions, hammerhead sharks, giant tortoises, red and blue footed boobies, and the unique Galapagos Iguanas and penguins, to name a few.
A Galapagos Holiday is one of discovery, education and activities like snorleling, hiking and birdwatching, definitely a once in a lifetime trip.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS:
They are 13 main Islands:
Central Isles: Santiago, Santa Fe,Santa Cruz, Bartolome and Baltra.
Southern Isles: San Cristobal, Floreana, and Espanola.
Northern Isles: Marchena, and Genovessa.
Western Isles: Isabela, Fernandina, and Pinzon.

ISABELA ISLAND:
The largest 130 km in length, with 5 volcanoes the highest being Wolf Volcano. It has the coolest waters, here you can find Giant Tortoises, and flightless cormorants.

FERNANDINA ISLAND:
Being one of the youngest Islands, is very impressive to see the lava rocks and patterns still not covered by vegation, here you can see sea lions, marine iguanas, and pelicans.

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND:
Home to Puerto Baquerizo Capital of the Archipielago. Puerto Baquerizo is an excellent point of residence when exploring the Islands on a day trip itineraries.

FLOREANA ISLAND:
One of the two Islands that are inhabited. Here you find the famous attraction of the Post Office Barrel, leave your mail in a Barrel wich is collected and delivered by the next visitors.

BALTRA ISLAND:
The main airport serving the Archipielago is located in this Island. Here is where you will arrive and your Tour representatives will assist you and transfer you to your Galapagos cruise-ship. You will also be greeted by Sea lions who love to play by the sand bank.

GENOVESSA ISLAND:
Also Known as Tower Island. Here you will find the largest colony of Red footed Boobies in the World. Is a great place for birdwatching, many birds here are endemic to the Galapagos Islands.

ESPANOLA ISLAND:
Home to large colonies of Blue Footed Boobies and Albatross. Here you will find one of the the most beautiful beaches: Gardner Bay Beach great for swimming and snorkeling.

MARCHENA ISLAND:
The largest of three Islands located on the Northern Part of the Archipielago. This Island can not be visited. You can cruise by and see the active volcano located on the center of the Island.

PINZON ISLAND:
Also known as Duncan Island. This Island can not be visited, but it's surrounding waters are a favourite spot for divers.

SANTA CRUZ:
One of the Central Islands, home to the Charles Darwin Research Station and two of the best beaches Conway Bay Beach and Tortuga Bay Island. The main town here is Pueto Ayora one of the most largest human settlements in the Galapagos, is also one with themost developed infrastructure. Puerto Ayora is the only place for you to buy souvenirs during your tour. Puerto Ayora is ideal to use as a base when doing a land tour of the Galapagos. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station learn about the history of the Islands and their Tortoise breeding and protection proyects, the station is home to the famous Giant Tortoise "Lonesome George". This Island will also give you the opportunity to see wild wild Galapagos Tortoises.

SANTA FE:
Located in the center of the Archipielago, geologically one of the oldest Islands. Here you will find giant prickly pear trees, and large colonies of playful sealions.

SANTIAGO:
Also known as James Island situated on the center of the archipielago on the northern side, this Island offers beautiful volcanic landscapes. Cruise tours land on Puerto Egas by the black beach wich is a great snorkeling spot. There is an interesting spot off the coast: SOMBRERO CHINO a small Islet where you can see Galapagos Penguins, sea lions, and more.

BARTOLOME:
One of the center Isles, among one of the most visited and popular Islands, with a beautiful beach, great for swmming and snorkeling. One of highlights is to climb the 600 meters Pinacle Rock for breathtaking views of the bay.

GALAPAGOS FACTS:
Currency: USD dollar
Time: -5GMT in Galapagos 6GMT Ecuador
Electric Power: 110 Volts
Language: Spanish
Travel Documents: A valid for 6 months after your return date passport. Canadian and US passport holders do not require a Visa for stays up to 90 days, others please consult your travel agent

WEATHER AND BEST TIME TO VISIT:
The ideal time to visit is December to May, at this time you find the warmest temperatures (on average of 31C), the waters are warmer and calmer wich makes great conditions for snorkeling and diving. It is considered to be the wet season on the Islands but due to the lower elevation of the Islands, you will find sunny days most of the time, if it rains, is very quick and the sun comes right back.
The weather from June to November averages a high of 25C, the water temperature goes to 20C, and the visibility is not very good for snorkeling or diving. If you are only interested in touring the Islands there is plenty of sunshine, but there is more frequency of cloudier skies and a cold breeze and the waters are not as calmer.

ESSENTIALS TO PACK:
Your luggage must not exceed 44 pounds per person plus a small carry on flight. Storage on board Galapagos cruises may be limited therefore is important to keep to luggage guidelines. If you tour started in Quito and you have some shopping, Hotels will store your items till your return. A backpack to carry with you at all times is recommended, you may want to add a waterproof sack inside to carry things like cameras or medications. Comfortable, secure with good traction walking shoes. Water shoes or sandals with secure straps. A light waterproof windbreaker jacket and a light fleece jacket. Lightweight pants, shorts, and shirts are recommended. A good hat preferably with a chin strap. Other addional and optional items: water bottle, binoculars, sunscreen, sunglasses, underwater camera, spare camera batteries. A wet suit if you are going to snorkel and aretravelling between June to November.

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN:
The minimum age for children to take a Galapagos Journey is 6 years old. Bringing your own child's lifejacket is recommended.